DIY Room Decor: Lace Doily Bowls

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I'm an accessory junkie, it's true. I like to make, buy and hunt for new accessories and it's very hard for me to part with old ones. This simple DIY project is a great way to organize some of your trinkets, and also a great use for all those old doilies floating around in the universe. Whether they're from your local thrift shop or passed down from your family, this project is a great way to give doilies a new fresh life.


- Doily
- White glue or fabric hardener
- Water
- Food coloring or fabric dye (optional)
- Table salt
- Plastic wrap

- Bowl(s) for food coloring and glue mixture
- Glass or plastic bowls in different sizes and shapes (for shaping the doilies)


If you want to keep things simple and keep your doilies white, skip this next step.

If you want to add a bit of color, use a disposable plastic container or food color-safe bowl and mix up your favorite color with about 1 cup of water. Add approximately 1 tbsp of table salt and dissolve in water. This will help the fabric pick up the food color.

Pinch your doily in the middle and dip the ends into the color. Add more food color or dip as many times as you need to get the desired result.

Lay it out to completely dry, most likely for a full day. If you don't dye it then you can move on to the next step.

Take your dry doily and soak it in a 50/50 mixture of white glue & water (or fabric hardener as per instructions).

Soak the doily until it's completely drenched in the mixture.

Cover one of your inverted bowls with a layer of plastic wrap. Using the bowl as the mold, place the wet and glue-y doily over the dome. Try to get the doily as flat as possible. You want it to hug the bowl closely.

Leave for about 24 hours. Once it's completely dry, gently remove the hardened doily from the plastic wrapped bowl.

Make a bunch and fill with all your collections!

See all of this month's do-it-yourself projects over at
28 Days of DIY Home Decor!

(Image credits: Melissa DiRenzo)